- Simone Biles is so dominant that the rules of elite gymnastics put her at a scoring disadvantage.
- The five-time Olympic medalist blamed the fact that she’s “already way ahead of everybody.”
- “They don’t think it’s fair that I win all the time,” Biles said in “Simone vs Herself” Episode 2.
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Simone Biles continues to push the bounds of gymnastics — and physics — with just a few months remaining in her illustrious gymnastics career.
But even after collecting more hardware than any other athlete in the history of her sport, Biles is still not getting rewarded adequately for her other-worldly feats.
The five-time Olympic medalist is so dominant that the rules of elite gymnastics intentionally put her at a scoring disadvantage. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) claims that restrictions to Biles’ potential point totals in competition are meant to dissuade other athletes from taking dangerous risks. But the 24-year-old suspects there’s another factor at play, she revealed in Episode 2 of her Facebook Watch docuseries, “Simone vs Herself.”
“I’m almost 99.9% sure if any other athlete were to do it besides me, they would give it correct credit,” Biles said, reflecting on her balance beam dismount valuation from the 2019 World Championships. “But since I’m already way ahead of everybody, they want to pull it back.”
“Sometimes they don’t think it’s fair that I win all the time,” she added.
But Biles refuses to allow scoring discrepancies to hold her back mentally. Now more than ever, she’s motivated by internal forces.
“I just want to see, before I hang my grips and leo up, how far can I go,” Biles said. “I feel like we’re right on the brink of that.”
Check out the full episode of “Simone vs Herself” below:
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